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Canadian Heavy Oil Association
Fall Conference November 1, 2018
Hotel Arts 119 12th Ave SW, Calgary Canada, 8am-6pm

Form new connections, advance the conversation, and share crucial knowledge as we work to evolve and envision a successful future for heavy oil. Join us for Gravity: The Business Impact of Change.

Thursday, November 1 - 2018 - Hotel Arts, Calgary, AB 8:00am - 6:00pm

The business of our industry is changing rapidly—political, economic, environmental, and technological factors have presented heavy oil with many unique challenges. As experts and industry leaders, it’s our moment to understand the gravity of these many challenges and meet them head-on. Let’s build important bridges, understand what change really means, and move the conversation forward. Together, let’s innovate how we do business and succeed.
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Thursday, November 1 - 2018 - Hotel Arts, Calgary, AB

The days of status quo within our energy industry have passed. Regional and global factors have introduced new economic, cultural, political and technological considerations that are impacting the industry and all of us who work within it. The Canadian Heavy Oil Association has developed a fall conference to serve as a platform to provide intelligence, clarity and discussion on our path forward. Together our community will advance through sharing knowledge, creating new connections and learning what it means to succeed and evolve at the pace of our industry. Join us for Gravity: The Business Impact of Change.

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Industry Insight

Keynote presentations will feature industry insight from business leaders and financial experts. Come hear company learnings from Project Update presentations.

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Premiere Technical Presentations

The New Savvy format will look at contentious and challenging topics from a variety of different angles. Technical experts will share their experience and insight.

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Exhibition and After Party

Showcase your company’s services and products at the Exhibition. This is an excellent opportunity for face to face interactions with potential customers. Join us for happy hour after the conference to connect with other industry members and celebrate the opportunity for collaboration and growth.

Who's Speaking?

Come hear industry experts and leaders speak to current issues affecting Canadian heavy oil. Check out our Conference Schedule to see who is speaking.

Celine Gerson

President, Schlumberger

Ian Ramshaw

Manager, Facilities Technical and Asset and Operating Integrity, ConocoPhillips

Ian MacGregor

CEO and Chairman, NW Refining Inc.

Kevin Birn

Vice President, North American Crude Oil Markets, IHS Markit

Chris Bloomer

President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA)

Dr. Dale Erickson

Technical Authority and Technology Development Lead, Wood

James Graham

President & CEO, GuildOne

Ian Bristow

Exploitation Engineer, Pengrowth

Mike Tourigny

VP Commercialization, RF Heating

Brett Henkel, P.Eng


Henk van Klinken

Director of Projects, Osum Oil Sands Corp

Michael Stobart

Project Manager, Osum Oil Sands Corp.

Mark Derry

Manager of Data Science & Analytics

Conference Schedule

Check back for additional speaker announcements.


Registration & Breakfast


ENGAGE: Opening keynote and panel discussion on the current state of the industry, the challenges we face and the vision we have.

Celine Gerson, President of Schlumberger Canada

Kevin Birn, VP IHS Markit




INSIGHT: What lessons can we learn from other energy-focused industries?

Lessons Learned from the Refinery Industry.


Ian McGregor, CEO of North West Refining

Lessons Learned from the Pipeline Industry.

Chris Bloomer, CEPA


VISION: The Environment – Where are we going?

Will Kruger, Ernst & Young

Brent Welsh, AER

Brett Henkel, Inventys






INNOVATE: New Technologies in the Heavy Oil Industry


SAGD Simulation  Software Technology Highlight

Dr. Dale Erickson, Technical Development Lead, WOOD

Blockchain in Oil & Gas

James Graham, Managing Director, GuildOne

RF Heating Pilot with Prosper Energy

Mike Tourigny, VP Commercialization, Acceleware




UPDATE: Project Updates


Conoco Surmont Project Update

Ian Ramshaw, Manager of Surmont Integration, Surmont (Conoco)

Osum Orion 2BC Project Update

Henk Van Klinken, Director of Projects & Michael Stobart, Project Manager

Pengrowth Lindbergh

Ian Bristow,




4:30 – 6:30pm